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Ninja Scroll (1993)

Jûbê ninpûchô (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 5 June 1993 (Japan)
A vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers - with a ghost from his past as their leader - who are bent on overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Director:

Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Writer:

Yoshiaki Kawajiri (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Yamadera ... Jubei Kibagami (voice)
Emi Shinohara ... Kagero (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Dakuan (voice)
Osamu Saka Osamu Saka ... Masked Samurai (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Genma Himuro (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Doujin (voice)
Ryûzaburô Ôtomo Ryûzaburô Ôtomo ... Tessai (voice)
Akimasa Ohmori Akimasa Ohmori ... Shijima (voice) (as Akimasa Ômori)
Gara Takashima Gara Takashima ... Benisato (voice)
Katsuji Mori ... Hanza (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ... Genpachi (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ... Mujuro Utsutsu (voice)
Toshihiko Seki ... Yurimaru (voice)
Masako Katsuki ... Zakuro (voice)
Reizô Nomoto Reizô Nomoto ... Mushizo (voice)
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Storyline

A Journeyman ninja by name of Jubei stumbles upon a plague, an evil clan of demons, a national crisis, and a beautiful ninja girl. Written by Anonymous

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Certificate:

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Trivia

The film is a tribute to the works of Japanese author Fûtarô Yamada, who throughout the sixties wrote many historical novels about ninjas. See more »

Goofs

When Doujin (the leader of the bandits on the bridge) raises his wooden hand to shoot Jubei, the details on the hand that indicate that it is man-made (ie. exposed joints) are missing from the first two shots in which it appears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bandit Boss: Thanks to your interference, Jubei, we lost 300 pieces of gold! I can't go back empty-handed!
Jubei: Well, perhaps you won't have to go back completely empty-handed...
[shows the bandit the rice ball he's eating]
Jubei: Bite?
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Alternate Versions

In 1995, the BBFC cut the UK version by 52 seconds. This included the rape of Kagero by Tessai and all footage of throwing stars. The UK and Australian DVDs were affected by these cuts. In 2004 these cuts were waived by the BBFC and the film is now uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Anime Abandon: Sword for Truth (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere, Faraway, Everyone Is Listening to a Ballad
Composed and performed by Ryôhei Yamanashi
Lyrics by Sho Jitsukawa
Arranged by Hiroshi Shinkawa
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User Reviews

 
Ninja Scroll captivates.
10 March 2005 | by ruinouslySee all my reviews

You need to see this. Ninja Scroll is a personal favorite of mine and I find many amazing aspects to this animated film.

The story, ninja action and characters are amazing. Jubei and Kigero's tale is more tragic then anything Shakespeare has thought up. The eight devils of Kimon are each interesting in their own way and some are sure to warrant more interest to you then others. By movie's end, you are sure to have felt many emotions as you watched Jubei's tale unfold.

Anyone who wants to write this off as low-class entertainment aimed at a skewed demographic must not have actually bothered to watch the film. This is high class art of the most important sense. A wonderful story with interesting characters and with enough action to fill four other movies. Ninja Scroll takes you on an adventure.

You need to see this. Highest recommendation. Please watch it with Japanese language track/ English subtitles.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 June 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Jubei Ninpocho: The Wind Ninja Chronicles See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,073
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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